The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was the violent consequence of a collaborative plot instigated by the 45th President of the United Sates, Donald Trump, and supported by dishonest members of Congress, a former general and unethical, so-called news media to overturn the election of Joseph Biden, the 46th president of the United States.
Throughout the campaign, Trump continually undermined confidence in the upcoming election, and appointed and cheered on a Postal Service CEO who initiated policies that hindered mail-in ballots from being received prior to election deadlines.
On the night of the election, Trump shamelessly claimed victory before all the votes were tabulated, but he began to claim election malfeasance and fraud when the votes showed he was going to lose. Subsequently, discredited attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell filed nearly 60 lawsuits on behalf of the Trump campaign, claiming election irregularities and fraud – all, or nearly all, of which were thrown out of court for lack of evidence.
Undeterred by law, Trump unscrupulously attempted to intimidate the Georgia Secretary of State “to find” him the votes necessary to win the state. Similarly, he personally intervened with state officials, trying to convince them not to certify the election in their states, and, finally, he tried to get several state legislatures to overturn the certified votes from their state.
Trump was informed by numerous officials, including his attorney general, that there was no degree of fraud to change the election results; he had lost. Nevertheless, he continued – and continues – to claim that he was cheated.
Trump should have been declared a nut case by the media and every reputable official, but his unhinged claims of election fraud were widely and unethically repeated and supported by Fox News and News Max personalities, as well as numerous members of Congress, namely Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, Steve Scalise and New Mexico’s Yvette Herrell.
It is also well established that some members of Trump’s failed presidential campaign and his political allies played key roles in organizing the Washington rally at which Trump, Giuliani, Mike Flynn and others spoke, and which became the premise to assemble a mob near the U.S. Capitol. Trump and his accomplices knew very well the potential consequences of the rally – listen to their rhetoric on Jan. 6.
Trump and numerous Republican members of Congress knowingly lied to the American people and committed sedition to overthrow the election of the next President of the United States. As such, they also betrayed their oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States.
The American people must never forget, and we must hold them responsible for the crimes they willfully committed against the United States. Unfortunately, the Republican Party believes that protecting their corrupt cronies is more important than their country. The betrayers among them must never again be elected to any office, and I urge the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute – all of them.
Joseph D’Anna lives in White Rock.